CORNWALL Ontario – I was asked what was the hardest part of this last year? Was it the police charges? Was it that after Bell provided a production order that categorically stated that I never made the calls (nearly six months ago!) that the police and crown put forth in their disclosure that not one, but two crowns have refused to drop them virtually keeping me under near house arrest?
Has it been the lies spread about me in social media and traditional media? Is it that when you proclaim your innocence you look more guilty?
Is it seeing an election campaign utterly corrupted to the point that you realize that you are powerless to change anything?
Is it seeing friends and love ones hurt and threatened while the police and justice system lay down?
Is it wondering if it’s even safe to live in this area any longer?
Is it seeing some of your weaker willed friends crumble under the weight of peer and public pressure to the point that you lose that friendship with them crying about how they can’t be friends with both sides even when they admit the other is wrong?
I think what bothers me the most personally is the simple fact that many people simply can’t handle the truth. I live in a community that doesn’t accept the truth and wants it covered up nice and neat. Yes, selected few will talk about it; usually over liquor fueled beverages in spaces with low lighting and shadows; but they don’t want to read about it in the paper.
I think what bothers me most is that so many know the truth about issues but lay down rather than risk the wrath of the “Bad Guys”.
Mostly though what bothers me is watching the very people this community needs get driven away for no other reason that they give up on trying to build a life here. It’s something to ponder. Essentially, in this culture of bullying and lies if you don’t fall in tow it could and mostly will impact your life, your income, and your ability to even give back to your community.
That bothers me. Does it bother you?
I have recently witnessed three elections that were utterly fueled by lies and corruption; by bullying and hard ball tactics. In one it didn’t work; but in two those tactics worked with voter turn outs low in all three.
If the meek shall inherit the Earth this certainly is an odd route to that outcome.
As for me and my legal conundrums I don’t know what to think. I don’t feel in my opinion I’ve had due process. February will be one year (It’s been 271 days so far) with still no trial. I personally don’t think there ever will be a one because frankly there is no case.
Imagine if you will a person calls the police and says that someone is making nasty calls to them. Imagine the police not only investigating; but warning the bewildered person to not make those calls again within a few short hours. Imagine the bewildered person warned contacting the policy chief via email who sends back an email asking for your email?
Bewildering. But let’s continue with our musing. Imagine the next day being arrested for making more threatening phone calls to the same party. Imagine being brought into jail for the first time of your life, booked, finger printed, and smeared in the media without your phone or phone records looked at to verify that you made any of those calls?
Imagine a police chief waiting to find out if he’s getting a new contract when the police board is made up of the Mayor, his campaign manager, a city councilor, and another political crony when you are running against that mayor for election?
Imagine a crown refusing to access your phone records which of course you know will prove your innocence. Imagine even more incredulously that after that crown is replaced the new crown still refuses to drop the case even with the proof of a production order from Bell telephone (nearly six months ago!) that you never made the calls.
Imagine the person that made the claim that you called, now running around social media trying to get you to respond to vile lies and mistruths which are of course being spread just before an election; someone that has been ordered by a Judge to pay you the money that they were sued for and which essentially is why they called the police.
Imagine seeing comments all over by people saying you assaulted someone as though convicted because the problem with stories being floated around is that they get distorted.
And in the end when you are ultimately declared innocent the headlines, if there are any even, will never be as big as when you were wrongly charged.
Is this the community we want to live in? Raise our children in? Are these the lessons we want them to learn from? Are people such monsters that they fear the simple truth that much?
I get asked if it’s just Cornwall and this area? There are of course good and bad people all over; but a part of me hopes that it is just this area; because it would be even more sad if this sort of thing was acceptable all over.
Justice is supposed to be blind for a reason. This series of events is exactly why. As February approaches it should be interesting to see what happens.
In the meanwhile the Office of the Attorney General has sent out messages to people that have contacted them after being upset with this very odd situation. They were told that my case was reviewed and I had been contacted. I have not. I phoned the AG office that was on one of those letters and the person answering told me that I was contacted and that the person who signed the letter was in conference calls. As of 5 PM she did not return my call.
This reinforces my feeling that these charges lead all the way to Halls of 720 Bay and that a full investigation of what’s occurred truly needs to happen.
We need accountability from the Wynne Government and its tentacles that have reached to Eastern Ontario. It’s time.
Please keep contacting the Attorney General’s office and please sign our petition.
We all need answers.
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